Pack A Picnic Basket And Head For The Hills Of Stokes County

Stokes County, NC

Discover your best summer days in a “Stokes State of Mind” along the sandy banks of the Dan River or along the trails of Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County, North Carolina.  This summer picnic with friends, family and Doggo in the wide open spaces within the shadow of the majestic Sauratown Mountain Range.  Prepare for your picnic meal with a stop at Priddy’s General Store for the essentials, we suggest Hoop Cheese, bread, fresh veggies, homemade fried apple pies, and a bottle soda for starters. John Brown’s Country Store is another go to for various local specialty sauces for barbequing by the campfire or enjoy the new JB’s Cool Corner for a delicious Ice Cream Treat or specialty 24oz. Smoothie named after waterfalls of Hanging Rock.  Drive along the newly renamed “Sauratown Mountain Scenic Byway” to select the perfect picnic site or contact local hospitality service “Sweet Honey – Delightful Picnicking” cab assist in choosing a site and setting up for a meal for two

Don’t forget toppings and other sides, one of those being delicious and sweet Strawberries from one of three local berry farms including Mabe’s Berry Farm & Manuel Farms of Walnut Cove or Robertson Family Farm in King, NC.  Call ahead to reserve Strawberries for pick up or pick your own in person at Mabe’s Berry Farm, Robertson Farm is first come, first serve with other various produce options to choose from at their roadside Farm Stand.  When visiting Robertson Family Farms on Saturday this season, enjoy food trucks on location, a new picnic table and seating area is perfect for enjoying strawberries straight from the vine with a selection of food from a food truck. Find them on social media for announcements on other special events throughout the season and check back in the fall for a NEW Corn Maze and Sunflower Field.

Mabe’s Berry Farm has been owned and operated since the first strawberry plant was planted in 1967 and is one of the oldest strawberry farms in North Carolina. Founder, W.G. “Bill” Mabe, and wife Emma bought the farm in 1962 and wanted to farm something other than tobacco so the first strawberries were planted.  Bill passed away in 2002 and his family decided to continue on with the family business. Tina Mabe Tamer and her husband, Paul, have since taken over the blueberry side with the help of their daughter, Sarah. Christy Mabe Rogers along with her husband, Mike, and children, Justin and Nicole, run the strawberry side of the farm. 

Spend a weekend and enjoy a local event, attraction, festival, brewery, winery and many delicious local eats throughout. The season for strawberries here lasts all the way into September.

The perfect mountain getaway, closer than you think.

The perfect mountain getaway, closer than you think. Experience hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and more. Enjoy a leisurely float down the Dan River by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or tube.